Pregnant nun, Holy Crap!Sister Claire is a webcomic by Elena Barbarich (a.k.a Yamino). The genre is dramatic/bizarro comedy, and the series takes heavy inspiration from Junko Mizuno, The Powerpuff Girls, Alice in Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz. Known for its hidden Easter Eggs and homages, Sister Claire is definitely a Shout-Out comic.Sister Claire is a novice nun, and all she ever wanted was a purpose in life, and a kitty would be nice, too. But when a beautiful blue businesswoman named Gabrielle explodes out her toilet and tells her she's pregnant with the new Messiah, this Celibate Heroine realizes she may be in for more than she bargained for: a kaleidoscopic adventure to protect her miraculous baby (and possibly the universe.)Sister Claire's best friend and mentor, Sister Catharine, is unfortunately extremely allergic to cats, which is why Claire is forbidden to play with them. Unfortunately for Catharine, Claire can't seem to stay away from her best cat-friend Snowy for long, and this brings down harsh punishment from the terrifying Sister Marguerite, who finds every excuse to torment Claire with cruel and creative punishments.Claire initially crumbles under the guilt of accidentally aggravating Catharine's cat allergies and from the pressure of becoming the mother of the new Messiah. (Her pregnancy is confirmed by a flurry of strange blue babies, who turn out to be rather disposable.) The plot thickens as Sister Catharine appears to be stalked by an evil Cheshire-like cat, who eventually possesses her, turning her into the evil Sister Cat.After temporarily defeating Sister Cat with her holy Watergun, Claire begins her training in Nun Fu. And as the story continues, it's revealed that there's more going on than Gabrielle let on and much bigger threats on the horizon coming Clarie's way. Will her newfound training see her through before the birth of her child?Updated Mondays (bar any last minute interruptions or planned trips. Along with other projects, Yamino's still in college. You know how it is). With Missing Moment stories (Text based stories that focus on the characters pasts) updated Tues-Thurs with the occasional bonus story on Friday.Now has a character sheet. Please contribute.
All There in the Manual: The strip that reveals Sister Oscar as a transsexual is a bit vague, since her speech balloon saying "I'm no man." can throw readers off a bit about her true gender. Your only confirmation for sure is the Word of God below the strip, which can escape your notice if you don't scroll down to see it.
The "Missing Moments" stories which goes into the background of some of the characters.
Ambiguous Gender: Grimm, the Cheshire looking cat. Yamino has stated that Grimm doesn't have a specific gender and is mostly referred to as "they".
The Chosen One: Claire is chosen as the mother of the Messiah by Gabrielle.
Conveniently an Orphan: Claire's true origins haven't been explained yet, but she was found on the doorstep of the abbey by Sister Catharine.
It was later hinted that Sister Catharine might actually be Claire's mother. This also somewhat explains how Catharine had the pregnancy test.
Now starting to look like maybe Claire is Catherine's reincarnated younger sister, though that would still make her an orphan.
Demonic Possession Grimm (the Cheshire looking cat) to Catharine though going by the ritual and Catharine's words later on, this seems like a willing one. Grimm claims its a permanent one though he could be lying. What's more Grimm can only take over at night while Catharine regains her body during the day.
Easter Egg: Yamino loves throwing in homages and references for readers to find. Some are more subtle, others are direct homages, such as the Powerpuff Girls 10th anniversary page, featuring Claire and the PPG sharing a cake.
Grey and Gray Morality: So far a pretty main theme of the comic. Were lead to believe witches are evil but the ones seen so far only wish to live in peace and are only hunted down out of fear for their powers. Likewise the nuns, coming off a war, are paranoid that witches are still doing evil deeds and a few seek to destroy them outright. All actions on both sides are well-intentioned but only keeps prolonging the conflict leading to more pain and hatred.
Ms. Fanservice: Almost every character can qualify for this after their respective trip to the hot springs, though it's more Innocent Fanservice Girl instances, if anything. Straighter examples would be Gabrielle, and Sister Cat.
Orwellian Retcon: The artwork was redrawn in many places for the first print volume, and the online pages were replaced with the new versions. Changes include a more salamander-like design for Sal and more elaborate backgrounds for the Atlantis chapter.
Panty Shot: A minor one on page 100, and two in a row on pages 160 and 161.
Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "I'm sorry to tell you that our name, Sisters of Mercy, is a bit misleading. God shows mercy. We don't."
Rule of Three: The Trinity plays a large role in most aspects of the story.
Schedule Slip: Yamino tries to update her comic on schedule, but she has the occasional slip. Usually she posts to the blog daily and previews/fanart to provide some fresh content in the meantime.
Secret Relationship: Between Olga and Jackso with Oscar's accidental discovery of it taking place in one of the Missing Moments, and by the time this gets revealed in the main comic it turns out to be a case of Everybody Knew Already.
Anytime the nuns' students are shown, pay attention; one of them might be Yamino, and the rest are invariably cameo appearances by characters from shows Yamino is particularly into, like Panty and Stocking, or human versions of ponies.
Sink or Swim Mentor: Catharine claims Sister Marguerite is one, but it's becoming increasingly apparent that she just really misses her job as a witch hunter, and Claire's mistakes are just convenient excuses to vent her pent-up sadism.
Sssssnake Talk: Subverted by the eel bouncer at Atlantis. He has a lisp.